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Information about the deaths of the following alumni was received in the Office of Development and compiled by Susan Apple. Please send information to University of North Texas, Alumni Records, P.O. Box 311250, Denton, Texas 76203-1250, send e-mail to or fill out the online form.

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Anna Maye Reagan (’28)



Dorothy Allgood Hefner ('30, '52 M.Ed.)
Frances Walker (’32)
Bernice Malone Reynolds (’34)
Liddie Mae Pharr McGuffey (’36)
Sue Neely (’37)
Everee Wills (’39)


Katherine Perkins Isbill (’41)
Bonnie Jean Faucett (’45)
Jessye Pearl Jones (’45)
D. Frances Jeffrey (’48)
Edward Lee McIntosh (’48, ’51)
Wesley ‘Bill’ Snellgrove (’48)




E.D. ‘Pete’ Grimes (’50)
Patsy Brack Mandell (’50)
Wilma Rogers (’50)
Leroy B. Rudder Jr. (’50)
Chrit S. Brown Sr. (’52)
Mary Moss Benskin (’56)
Sherman A. ‘Shug’ Bledsoe (’56)
Olive C. Evans (’56)
Robert Daniel Head (’59)
Coreene Wells (’59)



Maurice ‘Mo’ Tullos (’63)
Glen Morris White (’63)
Zeke B. Marchant (’64 Ed.D.)
Melissa K. Stallsmith (’64)
Charles Peugh (’65)
Bobby Charles Leatherwood (’66)
Doris Martin Stempel-Mathey (’66)
Gerald ‘Jerry’ Hagler (’67)
Mary Alice Marshall (’68 M.Ed.)
Sherry Ann Weaver (’68)
Elizabeth Badgett Harrison (’69)


John M. Roberts (’71)
James P. Connell (’73)
Stephen J. Paul (’76, ’88 Ph.D.)
Skipper Lynn Sherard (’76 M.Ed.)
Scott P. Gordon (’79)


Herman Ellis Meeks (’91 M.S.)
Susan Hicks Motes (’91)
Mari-Rae Sopper ('93 M.S.)
Breney Hamilton Jr. (’95)
Christopher Louis Neal (’98 M.Ed.)


University Community

Gary Weldon Anderson
Maurice McAdow


1920s [ top ]

  • Anna Maye Reagan (’28), Trenton. She retired from the Trenton ISD in 1973 after teaching for more than 40 years.

1930s [ top ]

  • Dorothy Allgood Hefner (’30, ’52 M.Ed.), Denton. She taught for more than 35 years and was active in Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary society for women educators. She was honored numerous times by organizations in Denton for her volunteer work.
  • Frances Walker (’32), Auburn, Ala. She was a Texas public educator for 38 years, teaching in Bowie, Euless and Arlington. During her 27 years of teaching in Arlington, she was named the General Dynamics Mathematics Teacher of the Year and the Bailey Junior High School Teacher of the Year.
  • Bernice Malone Reynolds (’34), Houston. She was president of the Texas Business Education Association and taught 31 years in the Rio Grande Valley. She was one of five children in her family who received degrees from North Texas in the 1920s and ’30s.
  • Liddie Mae Pharr McGuffey (’36), Dallas. She spent most of her 40-year teaching career in Dallas.
  • Sue Neely (’37), Hillsboro. She was a teacher in Texas public schools for 27 years.
  • Everee Wills (’39), Denton. She taught in public schools for 13 years. She was a member of the Woman’s Shakespeare Club and after retirement wrote poems and journals.

1940s [ top ]

  • Katherine Perkins Isbill (’41), McGregor. She spent her 47-year teaching career at McGregor ISD. She was accomplished at playing the harmonica, piano and organ.
  • Bonnie Jean Faucett (’45), Dallas. She received her degree from North Texas in business.
  • Jessye Pearl Jones (’45), Hico. Prior to her retirement she taught school at Fairy, Hico, Iredell, Walnut Springs and Pottsville. She and her husband were farmers in the Fairy community, where they operated Jones Egg Farm.
  • D. Frances Jeffrey (’48), Shawnee Mission, Kan. Jeffrey studied business at North Texas.
  • Edward Lee McIntosh (’48, ’51), Honolulu. In the 1950s he was the superintendent of Aubrey ISD. He moved to Hawaii, where he was employed by the state as a special adviser to the governor until his retirement.
  • Wesley ‘Bill’ Snellgrove (’48), Horseshoe Bay. He was retired from road and highway construction, having worked for Texas Bitulithic Co. and Trottie and Thompson.

1950s [ top ]

  • E.D. ‘Pete’ Grimes (’50), Nacogdoches. He was employed by Rusk ISD from 1952 to 1984, during which time he was a teacher, coach, counselor and principal.
  • Patsy Brack Mandell (’50), Denton. She taught at Denison High School, the North Texas Lab School and Congress Junior High in Denton.
  • Wilma Rogers (’50), Dumont. She was a teacher and homemaker. She had just celebrated her 50-year anniversary with the Eastern Star organization.
  • Leroy B. Rudder Jr. (’50), Austin. He retired from the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and requested that he be buried at sea.
  • Chrit S. Brown Sr. (’52), McKinney. He worked for IBM for 17 years and was the owner of Brown Financial for 16 years. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.
  • Mary Moss Benskin (’56), Denton. She received her degree in elementary education at North Texas.
  • Sherman A. ‘Shug’ Bledsoe (’56), Lane, Okla. He was a member of North Texas’ Pi Phi Pi fraternity and the national group it affiliated with, Pi Kappa Alpha. He’d worked for American Airlines, AT&T, Pollock Paper Co., Guardian Life Insurance Co. and the Oklahoma Crime Commission, in addition to owning and operating Bledsoe Diner.
  • Olive C. Evans (’56), Dallas. She taught in Dallas and San Antonio and was the former owner of Preston Records.
  • Robert Daniel Head (’59), Keller. He was an accountant and tax adviser for Mobil Oil Corp. for 31 years, retiring in 1990.
  • Coreene Wells (’59), Mesquite. She received her degree in elementary education from North Texas.

1960s [ top ]

  • Maurice ‘Mo’ Tullos (’63), Corpus Christi. He was employed by H.B. Zachry Co.
  • Glen Morris White (’63), Dallas. He practiced law in the title insurance industry. He was active in community and church activities with a special interest in the Dallas Suicide and Crisis Center counseling program.
  • Zeke B. Marchant (’64 Ed.D.), Amarillo. He was a certified licensed underwriter and taught insurance and real estate at West Texas State University. He also studied and appraised gemstones and was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity.
  • Melissa K. Stallsmith (’64), Kerrville. She received her degree in library science at North Texas.
  • Charles Peugh (’65), Buffalo Gap. He received his degree in economics from North Texas.
  • Bobby Charles Leatherwood (’66), Austin. He spent most of his career in the auto industry as a salesman, most recently with Mercedes Benz of Austin.
  • Doris Martin Stempel-Mathey (’66), Dallas. She was
    a pioneer in the assessment of children with learning disabilities and was regarded as an expert in teaching children’s handwriting. She co-created the Children’s Handwriting Evaluation Scale, which is used widely as an objective test of handwriting rate and quality.
  • Gerald ‘Jerry’ Hagler (’67), Dallas. He was employed by CompuPros as a computer consultant specializing in mainframe programming. He was an avid golfer and played on golf courses around the world.
  • Mary Alice Marshall (’68 M.Ed.), Fort Worth. She taught first and second grade and also worked as an instructional specialist for elementary school students.
  • Sherry Ann Weaver (’68), Henderson. She spent her career teaching elementary school students and received numerous teaching awards.
  • Elizabeth Badgett Harrison (’69), Canyon. She was a teacher at the elementary, secondary and college levels. She also had a career in business, serving as a continuity writer for WFAA Radio in Dallas.

1970s [ top ]

  • John M. Roberts (’71), Corpus Christi. He received his degree in business from North Texas.
  • James P. Connell (’73), Richardson. He entered North Texas after serving three years in the Army in Vietnam. He received his degree in art.
  • Stephen J. Paul (’76, ’88 Ph.D.), Tucson, Ariz. He earned his degrees at North Texas in music education.
  • Skipper Lynn Sherard (’76 M.Ed.), Orlando, Fla. He taught for 26 years in Dallas and Orlando. His love
    of history and culture led him to travel extensively throughout Europe and North America.
  • Scott P. Gordon (’79), Fayetteville, Ark. He received a business degree in marketing at North Texas. He was a member of Theta Chi fraternity.

1990s [ top ]

  • Herman Ellis Meeks (’91 M.S.), Oklahoma City. He received his master’s degree in radio, television and film at North Texas.
  • Susan Hicks Motes (’91), Pittsburg. She majored in elementary education at North Texas.
  • Mari-Rae Sopper ('93 M.S.), Washington, D.C., was a passenger on the American Airlines flight that crashed into the Pentagon Sept. 11. She had recently been hired as the women's gymnastics coach by the University of California-Santa Barbara and was flying to California to begin what was described as her dream job. She'd worked with the women's gymnastics teams at the U.S. Naval Academy and George Washington University while practicing law as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps and later as a litigation associate at Schmeltzer, Aptaker and Shepard PC.
  • Breney Hamilton Jr. (’95), China Spring. He was employed as manager of M.E. Moses in Dallas for 30 years and was a retired drug abuse counselor with the Salvation Army in Dallas.
  • Christopher Louis Neal (’98 M.Ed.), Euless. He received his master’s degree in secondary education from North Texas.


University Community [ top ]

  • Gary Weldon Anderson, Denton, associate professor of teacher education and administration, 1973-1999. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo., and his doctorate at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He was active in Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, the National Education Association, the National Association of Teacher Educators, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Better Breathers at Denton Community Hospital.
  • Maurice McAdow, Denton, Director Emeritus of bands, 1945-1975. McAdow began his musical career playing cornet in a municipal band in Anthony, Kan. He played the trumpet professionally in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Detroit. In the 1930s, he played flute with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. Under McAdow’s leadership, the bands of North Texas achieved a national reputation for musical excellence. In 1973 he was named Texas Bandmaster of the Year. UNT named him an honorary alumnus in 1990. He became a member of the Phi Beta Mu Texas Bandmasters’ Hall of Fame in 1991, and the next year he was a charter inductee into the Region V Bandmasters’ Hall of Fame. McAdow’s legacy was recognized in 1999 when a plaque bearing his name was attached to a Disklavier grand piano that was donated to UNT by Brook Mays Music Co.







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